‘UK led towards no-deal Brexit by untruthful elite’

The Guardian has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/18/uk-led-towards-no-deal-brexit-by-untruthful-elite-says-ex-eu-envoy-ivan-rogers

And what makes this mind boggling situation, which the UK has put itself in, even more bizarre is that Brexit has the backing of the majority of the leadership of the Labour Party.

A no deal Brexit would be ‘economic lunacy’ certainly but any form of Brexit will be worse than the deal the UK has with the EU now!

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Sefton Council – Going Green in the battle to control plastic pollution

Part of Sefton’s coastline at Crosby

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/plans-put-forward-help-save-16371115

Now for all of you out there who think I have a downer on the Labour Party here’s a positive story I’m happy to promote.

Firstly, I should say that one of my big issues with Labour on Merseyside has always been their lack of environmental/green credentials. You only have to look at the troubles in both Knowsley and Liverpool Councils where building on parks and green spaces has actually been promoted by Labour. Their approach to Sefton’s Local Plan adoption process, where they seemed to look upon environmental campaigners as nothing but a bloody nuisance, also comes to mind as an example of my concerns.

But credit where it’s due this plastic pollution position adopted by Labour-run Sefton Council is a step in the right direction. Oh and by the way the minutes of the meeting where the motion was agreed say that all present (of differing political parties) supported it.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Labour Party ‘Broken to the core’

The Guardian has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/20/labour-party-broken-to-core-former-blair-minister-jane-kennedy

Jane Kennedy has form when it comes to fighting Militants as she battled against them in Liverpool’s Tuebrook Ward Labour Party back in Neil Kinnock’s day. Militant lost that battle of course but Momentum has very much won the battle for the Labour Party in 2019 and Jane has this time walked away from the party she has been a member of for many years.

It’s interesting, although probably not surprising, that she is backing Change UK the new political party which seems to have got pretty much everything wrong since it launched and is potentially facing a very short working life.

With thnaks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Politicians who evade or fear scrutiny are not the kind of people we should be electing

The Scotsman has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/farage-s-dislike-of-scrutiny-is-a-warning-to-the-electorate-leader-comment-1-4925761

Scrutiny of those in power whether they be running a Parish Council or the UK Government is crucial in a healthy functioning democracy. If you ever notice a politician trying to evade scrutiny then alarm bells should be ringing whomever they are.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

PS – As if to remind us all of this matter a Liverpool Echo article from 17th May had this line within it regarding Knowsley Borough Council:-

‘And changes to Knowsley’s constitution put forward by Labour were heavily criticised by opposition councillors who said they would reduce scrutiny of the council.’

Labour’s big hitting backers are turning their back on the party in disgust

When life long high profile supporters like Tony Robinson walk away from Labour you know it’s in trouble. The Independent has the story on its website – see link below:-

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tony-robinson-quit-labour-corbyn-a8898306.html

Another high profile former Labour baker, comedian Mike Harding, said this recently:-

Vot Lab. The Bail-Out Party. Overall it was a vote for the remain parties – 1000 seats lost to them. Lab for 56 yrs Active supporter. I and many more have left. You can bail the Tories out if you like – but we’re leaving in disgust for our childrens’ and grandchildren’s sakes.

As I say Labour’s in deep trouble and if its leadership really does bail out the Tories over Brexit, as it seems to be threatening to do, you can be sure that their troubles will deepen even more. Can anyone take the spade from Jez Corbyn, the hole he’s dug is very deep now…….

With thanks to Roy Connell and Keith Page for the leads to this posting

Social Care – It could cost over 50’s £300 per year

The Huffington Post has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/pay-for-social-care-with-extra-ps300-tax-bill-for-over-50s-suggests-damian-green_uk_5cc5a2ebe4b0fd8e35bd80d3?guccounter=1

Well the so called Dementia Tax went down like a lead balloon when Teresa May proposed it during the 2017 General Election and it was probably a significant factor in her losing her majority in the House of Commons. So, with that in mind, it takes a brave Tory to come up with another form of taxation aimed at the over 50’s this time just days before the 2019 local elections with the Tories already staring down the barrel of an electoral gun.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.